About the Program

The 8(a) Accelerator is a six-week initiative developed by the Bowie Business Innovation Center (Bowie BIC) and funded by Capital One. The 8(a) Accelerator was developed in collaboration with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to give 8(a) companies the edge they need to win more government contracts.

  • 6 Half-Day Sessions
  • October 11 – November 15, 2019
  • + Bonus Event: Capability Review with Contracting Officers (Date TBD)

Learn how to maximize 8(a) contracting success through:

  • Coaching on the development of your capture strategy
  • One-on-one mentoring with successful 8(a) business executives
  • Access to successful 8(a) business leaders serving as business resources during each training session
  • Strategies to develop and expand your own network of teaming partners, advisors, and industry experts

First 8(a) Accelerator Program cohort Spring 2019

Impacts

24

New Government Contracts

16

Graduates

8

Mentors

SESSION I

Business Focus

SESSION II

Deal Mix

SESSION III

Sales Planning

SESSION IV

Financial Planning

SESSION V

Capture Planning

SESSION VI

Pricing

Additional Benefits

Companies accepted into 8(a) Accelerator also receive:

  • A free three-month Bowie BIC Affiliate Membership, with access to Bowie BIC co-working and meeting space ($750 value)

  • Free trials of government prospecting tools, such as EzGov Opps ($500 value)

  • A dedicated, on-site SBA Business Opportunity Specialist (BOS) during the program

  • 8(a) Accelerator Desk Guide with resource materials from the program

  • Invitations to regional 8(a) networking events

Program Experiences:
Aurora Tech Systems

Minimum Requirements

  • Companies currently participating in SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program

  • Companies with two or more employees, including the owner

  • Companies with revenues less than $1 million

Program Experiences:
Digital Forensic Services
All Things Creative
Program Experiences:
K. Teya Moore & Associates
Program Experiences:
SG & Associates
Program Experiences:
APL Solutions
Program Experiences:
Avant-Garde Engineering Technology

Resource Partners

Mentors

Larry Spriggs

CEO


Soft-Con Enterprises

Clare Hines

CEO


net.America

Magdalena Gebrekristos

Founder & CEO


Magadia Consulting

Charlene Wade

President


Workforce Resources, Inc.

Gerald Boyd

CEO


DB Consulting Group

Irving W. McConnell, DVM

CEO


The McConnell Group

Isaias 'Cy' Alba, IV

Partner


PilieroMazza

80% of CEOs polled said they had mentors allowing them access to insider knowledge and power, fast-tracking their careers.